This week, I have made my triumphant return to the world of fitness. More specifically, I took it super easy on the treadmill on Monday, and today I didn’t take it super easy in a toning class on the bar. 😜
Here’s the deal. I have never been athletic, and growing up, the only consistent physical activity I did was a couple of dance classes a week. I’m short with an average build and have always carried a little bit of extra weight – not a ton, but I’m curvy and have a little something extra to hold on to. In college, I attempted to go to the gym here and there, but it was never consistent. Working out was something I dreamed about but somehow I just couldn’t be that person.
9 years ago I tried my first Jazzercise class. This June, I will have been teaching Jazzercise for seven years. (PS, Jazzercise maintains its outdated name from the 70s but is actually an extremely current and effective workout… but I digress…).
Why am I mentioning all of this? It took me almost three decades to take control of my fitness, and in the past 7 years since that has happened, I have been more confident, and obviously healthier than ever. But for the past year, fertility treatments have robbed me of this aspect of my life. Forced medical leaves after IUIs, during stimulation in IVF cycles, post transfer waits… not to mention my tube rupture and subsequent surgery in August have all led to inconsistency in my workout schedule. I’ve never been obsessed with the numbers on the scale, but I estimate that I’ve gained about 10 pounds this year. In the past 4 months since I’ve been pregnant, I haven’t gained any additional weight, but I have felt myself turn to flab.
And there was nothing I could do about it.
And of course I’d do it all again and it has all been worth it. So please don’t misunderstand.
But it’s a big deal to me that I’m finally allowed to ease back in to exercise now, and I intend to be dedicated to a workout schedule throughout my pregnancy. I have decided not to return to teaching class until after baby is born (if I return at all). My doctor doesn’t want me doing anything high impact and I am not allowed to lift weights. Soooo, I joined a beautiful [expensive] fitness facility 5 minutes from my house. I want to be as strong as I can for labor and delivery, and I want to be as healthy as I can be so that I can take the best care of my baby.
Case in point, tonight is the BEST I have felt physically and mentally since my BFP. Exercising really does make you feel better and I am so grateful to be able to return. It is frustrating not being as strong as I was 6 months ago, but I know I will get there eventually.
I am a little paranoid of overdoing it and hurting the pregnancy somehow. But I think the benefits far outweigh the potential risks so I am just going to be smart and listen to my body.